A big game among women's basketball powerhouses, a cold reception for Cleveland in Miami, and some progress on the NFL labor front top a mixed bag night of sports action and news.
How did an NFL junkie cope with the first weekend without (real) professional football since August? Sure, there was All-Star action and the Grand Slam finals, but it was really the compelling hoops that kept our sports fixes going.
It was the ultimate holiday weekend for NFL and NBA fans. The NFL playoff picture no longer seems like a complex algorithm, and the NBA gave us some major marquee matchups.
Dangerous conditions, playoff implications and a possible Brett Favre sighting? The "Monday Night Football" game between the Vikings and the Bears has it all.
NFL fans got an early holiday present this weekend, as the Giants-Eagles turned into an instant classic and several other games provided instant entertainment, at least.